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Wrestlemania 27 predictions!!!

Its time…ITS TIME!!! Its Wrestlemania 27 prediction time. I’m going to be honest with you, i’m not overly excited for this particular Wrestlemania, seeing as I will probably predict every single match correctly. But i guess that just speaks to the repetitiveness and staleness of the current product…but that is another post in and of itself… wel, without further ado, THE PREDICTIONS!!!!

The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Santino and Kozlov…

giving the fact that the WWE has all but lost interest in the Corre being a dominant force, I’m going with Big Show, Kane Santino and Kozlov.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan…

Sheamus wins what will probably be one of the better matches.

Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs. Dolph Ziggler and Laycool….

Obviously the publicity for this match only really matters if Snooki’s team wins, so that who wins.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes…

Again, going on the staleness of the product, Rey wins…then goes on vacation…

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk…

Orton wins…but I feel like this could be the second or third best match of the night.

Jerry Lawler vs. Micheal Cole….

Do i even have to say it….Lawler wins…easily…Cole and Jack Swagger both eat a Stunner from Stone Cold Steve Austin…

Triple H vs. The Undertaker…

Taker won’t lose at Wrestlemania…Taker wins…

The Miz vs. John Cena…

Cena won’t lose at Wrestlemania…to the Miz…

and finally…

Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio….

Del Rio is the new “chosen one” so he wins…

Thanks for checking out the predictions…and I promise if I am wrong, I will post an apology to everyone who believed me, but I’m pretty certain I won’t have to do that.

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Is John Cena Bad for Business?

In 140 characters or less, yes and no. He’s great for business as far as marketability and merchandising. He is the Hulk Hogan of this generation, ( if you don’t believe me, go check out the late 80’s/early 90’s…) which is a blessing for WWE, but is hindering the growth and evolution of the company in general. Is John Cena actually bad for business, or are the decision makers the real problem? Now I’m not going to pretend to know the first thing about actual business principles or ideas, but I do know that repetition, predictability, and general idiocy is probably not the best things for business. So to answer my own question, no John Cena is not bad for business, the writers, bookers, Vince McMahon, and anybody else who has anything to do with the viewed product, they are the ones to blame.  Repetition has become the bane of wrestling fans.  If you need an example of WWE repeating themselves, look at the tentative main event for Wrestlemania, it once again features John Cena. If this isn’t enough of an example, look at who has main evented most of, if not all the pay per views this past year. If you guessed John Cena or Randy Orton, pat yourself on the back. I don’t know if its WWE not having any faith in the younger guys not being established enough to focus a main event around, or if its just a simple lack of creativity, but if they quit focusing on a handful of guys to “carry” the company and actually let some of the up and comers have a shot, they would more than likely have new stars for fans to cheer for or boo, instead of the handful WWE has allowed them to for the last few years. If you need an example of WWE being predictable, just watch last nights Elimination Chamber ppv, and get back to me when you’re finished. Done? Ok, now you understand. WWE needs to curb the predictability, as that would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience. A simple example I have is this…when you watch an NFL game, you don’t always know the outcome, and sometimes even who you think will win doesn’t. It is unpredictable because it is real. I understand WWE is a scripted entertainment show, but there are ways to cut down on the predictability of the content.   My comment about general idiocy is mainly directed at the writers and bookers,  who choose to put certain things on TV and ppvs, that are simply idiotic. For example, if you didn’t catch a recent episode of Smackdown on SyFy, Kofi Kingsotn, the intercontinental champion, has been fueding with Alberto Del Rio. I understand the WWE has and will continue to push Del Rio to Pluto, but why have it be at the expense of your intercontinental champion? Does anybody else remember when the I.C title meant something, or did I just imagine that part of history? Also, WWE has so much faith and time behind Del Rio, that they jumped him straight to main event, sort of like what they did with Sheamus, and what happened to that? Oh yeah, now he’s jobbing out to Mark Henry, but remember, Sheamus is a two time world champion, and the reigning King of the Ring. Idiotic writing and booking to say the least. WWE can right the ship if they just take a huge step back and look at what they’re doing, and who’s doing it. Push more stars, limit the few main eventers to a more marquee matchup feel, and fire whoever keeps booking Randy Orton and John Cena into Main Events. Or they can just keep on keeping on, and wait around for viable competition that will actually make them have to evolve, but I don’t see any competition coming from anybody anytime soon.

 

 

WWE Monday Night Raw’s 900th! could we get a do-over?

Today I would like to talk about and give my review of WWE’S 900th episode. To be able to sustain a fan base, and continue to move a product forward for that long is an unbelievably amazing accomplishment. No matter if you agree with the direction of the product, or believe it is staler than two month old potato chips, you have to respect the dedication and hard work it takes to pull off a monumental feat such as this. But in my opinion, I feel as though the show was built up too much for it to be anything less than amazing, which it sadly wasn’t.

The show opens with a small highlight package showing clips from episodes over the years, which I thought was an appropriate way to open the show. Bret Hart then comes out and cuts a promo putting Raw over, which again  is acceptable. Kane comes out and cuts a pretty stellar promo on the Undertaker, prompting the Undertaker to come out, and I’m still fine with this segment, until that damn e-mail sound comes up. The general manager announces a match between the Undertaker and Bret Hart, because that will most definitely be what we all wanted to see. (Sarcasm intended. ) Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge Bret Hart fan back in the day, hell I even cheered for him when he was a heel, telling people he really couldn’t be that bad of a bad guy. I was about six or seven at the time, but I truly believed he was always a good guy. But this is not the old Bret Hart, and I’m fine with that, so can they stop pushing into matches that could be given to the younger guys who can still go? Moving on, the first match of the night was Kofi Kingston and Michael McGillicutty  versus Kaval and Daniel Bryan versus The Miz and Alex Riley in a triple threat tag team match. This was a decent match, with what feels like the mandatory finish. I get it, the Miz is high on the radar, and Alex Riley is the favorite to win NXT season two, but it just seems like I see the same finishes to a Miz match every week. I enjoyed the continuation of the Miz/ Daniel Bryan feud, which will hopefully lead to some sort of match at night of champions. Also, just a side note, I understand heeling out Michael Cole, I  don’t understand why they don’t just heel him out all the way? The next match was Lay-Cool versus Melina and Eve. Typical divas match, which then led to a title unification match for night of champions. I mentioned this in an earlier post, so I’m glad to see they are doing it. I also mentioned this was a tag team match, but I don’t believe Eve was ever actually in the match, so they probably could have gone with a singles match and saved Eve the trouble of dressing out for the match. There are a couple of backstage segments, one with Jericho stating he will quit if he doesn’t win the title at night of champions, so I am assuming this is his way out of the company again. The next match was to determine the number one contenders for the tag titles. R-Truth and Morrison versus Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre, presumably because there aren’t any other tag teams available. (again, sarcasm intended). This match ends with a no-contest, due to a brawl breaking out between the teams. Next up is The Undertaker versus Bret Hart, but Wade Barrett comes out and attacks the Undertaker, Taker gets the upper hand, the lights go out, Kane is in the ring, a little back and forth, again with the lights, now Nexus comes out and attacks the Undertaker, but he fends them off, lights out again, and Barrett slams him with his finisher, leading to the 450 splash from Justin Gabriel. Overall, it was a well done segment, but I would really like to see the Nexus actually do more than these attacks, because that is all they have basically done since their arrival in the WWE. Next up was Jack Swagger versus Evan Bourne. Typical squash match, and to add insult to injury as they say, Alberto Del Rio basicsally interrupted this entire segment, then attacked Bourne after  the match was over. Mark Henry came down for the save, I’m assuming to setup some type of cross brand feud. Next up was a segment with CM Punk and the straight edge society, which I thought was the best segment of the night. CM Punk is definitely one of, if not the best heel wrestlers WWE has right now. Big Show then came out and after some back and forth, cleared the ring. The Final match of the night was a 5 on 5 elimination tag match between the Nexus and the team of John Cena, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Edge, and Sheamus. Jericho gets counted out and Edge gets disqualified to begin this match. Slater eventually eliminates Sheamus, then John Cena almost immediately eliminates Slater. Justin Gabriel then eliminates Cena, leading to a flurry of RKO’s from Randy Orton, eliminating Gabriel and Micheal Tarver. Wade Barrett standing tall in the ring. I was ok with the way the main event played out, and overall I would say it was a good show, any other day but today.

For the WWE to hype this show up the way they did, and then deliver another decent, some would consider lackluster, show was a real letdown. This should have been a celebration show, with only a few storyline progressions. I really just feel deflated after all the hype and promotion that led up to last nights show. I guess they can take what they learned from the 900th episode “celebration” and try to improve it for when they reach 1000.

WWE, the changes, if I ran it.

I’m going to start this off with a very brief summary of WWE’s Summerslam 2010. Very simply put, it was pretty much what I was expecting, but there where some pretty good surprises, the most notable being the return of Daniel Bryan. Not the Undertaker you say, well I was expecting his return, but I thought his return segment was very well executed, enough so that the storyline may not be so predictable. But Daniel Bryan’s return was in a word, shocking. I was shocked to see him back period, let alone as an opposing force against the Nexus. Also, the Nexus interfering in the Intercontinental title match was a nice touch, though I would have liked to have seen a decisive winner first. Ok, enough about Summerslam, now let’s get to what this post is mainly about, the changes I would make if I ran WWE. Now let me preface this with, in all honesty, none of my critiques will be seen by anyone in the WWE, and if it were seen, they wouldn’t be taken seriously. So basically this is just my opinions or thoughts that could possibly improve the overall product.

First, I would even out the rosters. By this I mean have equal numbers of performers for both shows, including the Divas. There are too many wrestlers on Raw, so many are falling by the wayside. Guys like Evan Bourne, The Usos, Ted Dibiase,  The Hart Dynasty, and to an extent, John Morrison and R-Truth. Smackdown also seems to have this problem, but not to the extent of Raw. Either thin the herd if you will, or move the lower card guys to Superstars and make that its own brand, ala the revised ECW. This would free up time for the midcard guys to get more exposure, while not taking time away from the main eventers. Do the same with the Divas division, balance out the rosters for them, perhaps add in a few more as valets or managers, about eleven per show. That way they still get T.V. time, without having to do six diva tags or battle royals.

Second, I would consolidate some of the titles. If you watched last night’s episode of Raw, they FINALLY made the unified tag team titles actually one title, the aptly named WWE tag team championships. I would do the same with the Divas titles, consolidate them to the WWE divas world title. That way you could have the champions appear on any shows, as they have done in the past.  And  finally on the subject of titles, I would reintroduce a cruiserweight/light heavyweight title for the smaller guys to fight over, because, if I’m being honest, guys like Evan Bourne and Justin Gabriel probably won’t get a shot at a heavyweight title in the WWE.

Third, This anonymous General Manager gimmick has to stop…that is really all I have to say about that.

Fourth, push more guys to the main event. I can’t speak for everybody, but the revolving door that are the main event championships is really stale. I was so excited a few years back when C.M Punk won the belt, mostly because he was a new main eventer, and this year with Kane cashing in the money in the bank to become the champ was one of my highlights. Different people as champions, in my opinion, can’t be bad for business, so I don’t see why they can’t elevate more guys to the main event.

And finally, I would create more stables or tag teams, but only if the pairings make sense (I’m looking at you Santino and Kozlov…). For example, pair Kaval and Evan Bourne together for a high flying, high octane tag team. Add Gail Kim as the manager/valet, and you got yourself contenders for the tag titles. Or you could include Daniel Bryan and the recently signed Tyler Black and you would have an indy scene stable.  Look at what stables and tag teams have done for the likes of Randy Orton. The Evolution stable put him on the map, various tag teams propelled him, and finally, he led his own group in Legacy. And I’m sure I don’t need to mention what the Nexus is doing for some of those guys.

All in all, I’m still pretty satisfied with the product that the WWE is putting out, and this is coming from a guy who has literally grown up watching wrestling. I saw Hogan and the Ultimate Warriors’ classic match on pay per view, I watched right on thru the attitude era and the Monday night wars. Does this WWE compare to the old days? Some would say no, and I would tend to agree, but the thing to remember about the so called “best years of WWE” were they had competition in the form of WCW, and to an extent, ECW. This version of WWE is without any viable competition, so it’s understandable to me why they have slowed down. And without even a glimmer of what could be called real competition, WWE will almost certainly stay king of the ring.

WWE Summerslam 2010 predictions!!

Today is Saturday, we don’t post on Saturdays, but today will be an exception. It’s the day before the biggest party of the summer (their words not mine..) and I’m here to deliver my predictions for Summerslam. I’m not going to waste much time up here, lets just get straight to it.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the I.C. title…

I see no real reason they would have Ziggler win the belt two weeks ago, just to lose it now, so I’m going with Ziggler.

Alicia Fox vs. Melina for the women’s title…

Ummm….Melina. Let’s be honest, any diva other than Maryse were just a placeholder until Melina returned.

The Big Show vs. The Straight Edge Society…

I want to say S.E.S, but knowing how things usually go..I’ll pick the Big Show.

Kane vs. Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship..

Kane…but expect some obvious surprises before, during, or after this match.

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship…

I would love to see Orton regain the title, but I don’t think it will happen, so I’m going with Sheamus.

and finally….

Team WWE vs. The Nexus…

The only way I feel like this match can end and maintain the recent excitement is with the Nexus winning, so I will pick them…but I have this suspicion that WWE may go a different direction with this match.

There you have it, my predictions. Feel free to leave your own in the comments, and I will be back on Tuesday with a follow-up to Summerslam and a sort of “State of WWE” type post. Thanks for checking us out, and everybody enjoy the show on Sunday.